We all know that nations are different. At a minimum, there are “prolific” (like those countries from which refugees float) and “cultural” (like us). But why are the former so different from the second in terms of scientific and technological progress? Science Daily reported.
Fertile society vs. progressive society
Have you ever wondered why those peoples whose families have on average not so many children — 1 or 2 — fly to the moon? And why, for example, prolific peoples, such as in African countries, are inferior to less large, but more “cultural” societies in science and technology? Science can shed light on this, namely, Darwin’s evolutionary theory.
But at first glance, Darwin’s theory tells us quite the opposite: the more prolific a person is, the higher the chance that his genes will be entrenched in generations and survive. Following this logic, very soon all residents of Russia will be ousted by representatives of the peoples of Central Asia, and all Americans – by Mexicans. But for all the time of the existence of mankind, we still do not know of a single case when a civilized people would be ousted by prolific and would not collapse. So something is wrong here. We’ll figure out.
Progress is not a new fun of humanity, because thanks to it we survived and got up a notch above fruit collectors and fell in Africa. So, natural selection was supposed to favor the genes that make us capable of this progress.
But how does this happen? Suppose some people are a little more prolific (thanks to some combination of their genes) and give birth to children almost without interruption, which, of course, leaves them absolutely no time to learn, let alone invent a steam locomotive or airship. Others nature did not endow such a sparkling ability to reproduce. And they manage to research and cure cancer and build comfortable and safe houses. Here we have to choose: either to give birth to many children, but then they will die a lot, or less, but healthier and ultimately smarter.
Source: Science Daily